Bellevue woman killed, 4 others injured in crash


BELLEVUE, Ohio -- A Bellevue woman was killed and four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 20 near North Sandusky Street here, closing the highway for three hours late Tuesday, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Tracy Albright, 36, who was driving a sport utility vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the patrol's Sandusky post. She wore a seat belt, the patrol said.

Ms. Albright was stopped for a traffic light on westbound U.S. 20 at North Sandusky Street about 11:10 p.m. when her SUV was struck in the rear by a car driven by Morgan Jevec, 24, of Massillon, Ohio, who was also westbound on the highway, troopers said. Both vehicles then caught fire, according to the patrol.

Troopers said the crash caused the car to cross the intersection and strike another car, which was driven by Travis Roach, 54, also of Bellevue, who was stopped on the highway at North Sandusky Street, in the eastbound turn lane.

There were three passengers in the Jevec car: Steven Gresser, 31; Christopher Watters, 48, and Ricky Treherne, Jr., 32, all of Canton, Ohio. All four occupants of the car suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, according to the patrol. They did not wear seat belts, troopers said.

The driver and two passengers -- Mr. Watters and Mr. Treherne -- were flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where their conditions were not released. Mr, Gresser was flown to Toledo Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Mr. Roach was treated at the scene and released, the patrol said.

Traffic on the highway returned to normal about 2 a.m. today, troopers said.

Located in Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties, Bellevue is about 45 miles southeast of Toledo.